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Fairlady-z posted a couple days ago about Ray Bradbury in my Suggestions? post. Hopefully many of us have had to read something of Bradbury’s in an English class at some point or other, or maybe even was shown some clips from The Ray Bradbury Theater . He’s noted as being “one of America’s best speculative fiction writers of the 20th century” (wikipedia, Ray Bradbury). He’s an incredibly prolific writer having written hundreds of short stories, a dozen or so novels, and poetry and plays galore. Plus “he adapted 65 of his stories” for The Ray Bradbury Theater.

I have Bradbury Stories: 100 of his most Celebrated Tales as well as his most famous Fahrenheit 451. I really liked By the Numbers!, Colonel Stonesteel’s Genuine Home-made Truly Egyptian Mummy, Bright Phoenix and June 2001: And the Moon Be Still As Bright out of the 100 tales book. And I am very glad that we have authors like Bradbury, Huxley and Orwell because they teach us to keep an eye on the way the world is going. It’s every ones responsibility to keep our governments in check because they’re not gonna do it on there own.

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I don’t watch the news as much as I should so I didn’t know he had died
this March until a few days ago. It’s very sad to hear that he’s gone
now, Rendezvous with Rama was the first Science Fiction book I read. I
don’t remember how old I was, but I remember the sense of exploration it
filled me with, which started me on my quest to read as many “classic”
sci-fi writers as I could. Unfortunately though, the public library in
my town had a dismally small sci-fi section and an even smaller fantasy
one. yay censorship… But because of the lack of newer fiction I ended
up reading a bunch of older works like War and Peace and 1984.

Let’s see, besides Rendezvous with Rama I’ve read Childhood’s End, Rama
II, 2001, and The Garden of Rama, but I still haven’t read the last
installment of the Rama novels. I keep forgetting to grab it while I’m
out. XD

Arthur C. Clark on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Clark

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I was poking around Amazon and saw this under the sci-fi/fantasy book section so I though I’d see how many of the 100 I’ve read so far.

When I hit #16 I began to wonder if this list is just based on buyer preference or how many of each has sold. If it’s preference it’s a completely relative scale that probably won’t accurately reflect what’s considered by readers, critics and scholars as 100 best Classics, and neither will how many of each has sold because books like Fahrenheit 451 are used constantly in schools and so they sell immense amounts just for class work.

But then I got thinking some more about how to decide what’s the best of anything and I don’t think it’s possible with such a gigantically broad subject as all sci-fi titles.  You’d have to break it down quite a bit to be able to come to any sort of reckoning, because some of the original sci-fi books were revolutionary for their times but they’ve been mimicked to death and now no one likes that type of story.  Then they’re is also different types of sci-fi: far future, space operas, near future, alternative history, contemporary, and so on.

But then who do you get to pick the best?  Scholars?  Fellow Authors?  Readers?  It’s kind of a toss up cause it’s not like there is an exceptionally large body of scholars who specialize in science fiction.  Give it 50 more years and we’ll finally start seeing more classes about it in colleges and more books will become canonized perhaps, but today not so much.

So what I’m getting at is I’m not gonna follow someone else’s list of what’s the best, I’m gonna read as much as I can and decide for myself ^^

I just wish they’d (the industry) would hurry up and make that electronic paper cheaper so we can do away with physical books; they take up to much darn room XD Plus, who the heck doesn’t want to be able to carry around all their books with them all the time.

  1. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury – Read & Own
  2. 1984, George Orwell – Read & Own
  3. Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
  4. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess – Seen the movie, but who hasn’t
  5. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood – Seen the movie
  6. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card - Read & Own
  7. Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis – Read & Own
  8. Frankenstein, Mary Shelly
  9. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
  10. Dune, Frank Herbert – Read & Own
  11. Speaker for the Dead, OSC – Read & Own
  12. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, Edwin A. Abbott
  13. Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson
  14. Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein – Read & Own
  15. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
  16. I Am Ledgend, Richard Matheson – Are the serious?
  17. The Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton – Read
  18. Lucifer’s Hammer, Larry Niven
  19. Hyperion, Dan Simmons
  20. The Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut
  21. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
  22. A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones of Thought), Vernor Vinge
  23. The Player of Games, Iain M. Banks
  24. Xenocide, OSC – Read & Own
  25. Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clark – Read & Own
  26. Caves of Steel (Robot City), Isaac Asimov
  27. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams – Read & Own
  28. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
  29. The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury
  30. Foundation, Isaac Asimov
  31. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut – Read & Own
  32. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clark – Read & Own
  33. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. LeGuin
  34. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Robert Heinlein – Read
  35. The Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
  36. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke – Read & Own
  37. Ilium, Dan Simmons
  38. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley Read & Own
  39. A Deepness in the Sky, Vernor Vinge
  40. Ubik, Philip K. Dick
  41. The Diamond Age; Or, a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer, Neal Stephenson
  42. Valis, Philip K. Dick
  43. Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton - Read & Own
  44. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
  45. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein - Read & Own
  46. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer
  47. Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes - Read
  48. Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson
  49. Shadow & Claw: The First Half of ‘The Book of the New Sun’, Gene Wolfe
  50. Doomsday Book, Connie Willis
  51. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
  52. Revelation Space, Alastair Reynolds
  53. The Dispossessed, Ursula K. LeGuin
  54. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller Jr.
  55. The Door into Summer, Robert Heinlein
  56. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
  57. Neuromancer, William Gibson - Read & Own
  58. The Day of the Triffids, John Wyndham
  59. The Reality Dysfunction Par I: Emergence, Peter F. Hamilton
  60. The Gods Themsleves, Isaac Asimov
  61. The Mote in God’s Eye, Larry Niven
  62. Ender’s Shadow, ORS - Read & Own
  63. A Scanner Darkly, Philip K. Dick
  64. A Princess of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs
  65. The Uplift War, David Brin
  66. Solaris, Stanislaw Lem
  67. I, Robot, Isaac Asimov - Read
  68. The Cyberiad, Stanislaw Lem
  69. Citizen of the Galaxy, Robert Heinlein
  70. Burning Chrome, William Gibson - Read & Own
  71. Way Station, Clifford D. Simak
  72. Ringworld, Larry Niven
  73. The Invisible Man, H.G. Wells
  74. The Postmand, David Brin
  75. Time Enough for Love, Robert Heinlein - Read
  76. Startide Rising, David Brin
  77. His Master’s Voice, Stanislaw Lem
  78. Contact, Carl Sagan - Read & Own
  79. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle - Read & Own
  80. The Fountains of Paradise, Arthur C. Clarke
  81. Use of Weapons, Iain M. Banks
  82. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Philip K. Dick
  83. The Incredible Shrinking Man, Richard Matheson
  84. City, Clifford D. Simak
  85. Fiasco, Stanislaw Lem
  86. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
  87. The City and the Stars and the Sands of Mars, Arthur C. Clark
  88. Puppet Masters, Robert Heinlein - Read & Own
  89. Eon, Greg Bear
  90. The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells - Read & Own
  91. The Stainless Steel Trio, Harry Harrison
  92. The Time Machine, H.G. Wells - Read & Own
  93. Gray Lensman, Edward E. Smith
  94. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Vern - Read
  95. Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Jules Verne
  96. Have Space Suit, Will Travel, Robert Heinlein - Read
  97. The Lathe of Heaven, Ursula K. LeGuin
  98. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain
  99. Blood Music, Greg Bear
  100. The Chrysalids, David Harrower

31/100 not bad I guess

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